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£3million boost for police

PUBLISHED: 16:18 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:28 25 August 2010

VIOLENT and organised crime is to be tackled by a £3 million police unit. Greenwich police will get 20 extra officers to tackle gang-related crime after securing funding from the council, the Met and the private sector.

VIOLENT and organised crime is to be tackled by a £3 million police unit.

Greenwich police will get 20 extra officers to tackle gang-related crime after securing funding from the council, the Met and the private sector.

The unit, expected to be operational in June, will allow a select group of officers to build up specialist experience in dealing with serious crimes.

Chris Jarratt, Greenwich Borough Commander, said: "It goes on the front foot and will target those who are running the gangs - those who are running the criminality.

"We have to look at those people whilst targeting those who will kill or be killed."

The Metropolitan Police have put £1.5 million into the unit, whilst £1 million will come from Greenwich council.

Chris Roberts, leader of the council, said that the money would "smash" the emergence of young criminals.

Murders will continue to be dealt with by external teams, but Greenwich's unit will deal with other serious crimes including stabbings.

It is expected to build up intelligence on the criminals running Greenwich's three rival gangs, based in Thamesmead, Charlton and Woolwich.

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